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with the jewelry inside. fox 5's lauren demarco has the details. >> it happened at fashion center at pentagon city earlier today. the suspects were in and out in under a minute and tonight they're still on the loose. >> we can say it's a smash and grab job. >> within a matter of seconds police say four suspects walk into this zales jewelry store, bust open a case and make off with handfuls of jewelry. police say they took 27 diamond rings. >> and approximate value of $128,000. >> surveillance video shows at least one of the men using a hammer to break through the protective glass. then all four grab what they can. officials say no employees or customers were hurt. >> no threats were made. the employe feared for their safety, so they backed away. >> it happened after 11 a.m. inside the fashion center at pentagon city. >> it's a shock to hear at 11:00 broad daylight, a lot of people. >> mall employee anthony glover says he'll be extra careful in the suspects are caught. >> they do make my a little nervous, you know. have to watch myself. >> after grabbing the rings the suspects ran for the nearest e
. joining me now is the cnn pentagon correspondent chris lawrence to talk about the tactics and the military. and how the military may have helped the police spy on this killer despite him hiding underground, also with us victor blackwell in midland city in alabama watching this unfold. victor, first, let me start with you. the standoff stretched for seven days and ended in just a mere matter of minutes. are we getting any more information from officials on why they decided to go in, how they decided to go in, and how they pulled this off? >> reporter: exactly. and this is a blend of both military science and social science. i will leave the military end up to chris. i'll tell you about the other element. we have reached out to the fbi contact, we have been speaking to this week, alabama state police, some sources who were close to the situation. we know this came down to the last 24 hours. and the fbi hostage rescue team, it's more than just the guys who go in to pull the child out. there are behavioral scientists, tactical technicians, the fbi swat, the negotiators, they are all here at th
marco joins us with the details. >> it happened at the fashion mall in pentagon city earlier today. you can clearly see four men wearing hoods walk into zales jewelry store. at least one suspect is armed with a hammer and begins smashing away at the glass. the others help peel it back and all four grab what they can. they made off with 27 diamond rings, estimated value $128,000. after grabbing the rings the suspects took off running for the nearest exit. it led to the top level of the parking garage where there was a get-away driver in a red sedan. they drove through a closed gate exiting onto 15th street. investigators are checking security cameras in the garage to see if they can get a better description on the car or tag numbers. >> it's pretty scary because you come to the city thinking there's security and there's security all over the mall. so that is pretty gutsy on their behalf. >> they did conceal their identities by wearing hoods and i don't know if it's masks, but they did conceal their faces. so maybe through clothes the public will be able to help us locating these individuals.
smart spending reforms to the pentagon, which we all know is the largest federal agency and loses billions of dollars every year through waste, fraud and abuse. many of my colleagues recognize that no serious plan to address the deficit can go forward without significant pentagon cuts on the table. it targets $278 billion in wasteful pentagon spending and re-invests those dollars in our teachers, our rhodes and our future. -- roads and our future. these cuts will undermine our national security. only the wasteful, excessive and bloated spending is targeted. i'm especially pleased to see that this bill includes enforcement language that will audit the pentagon. these measures would increase transparency and accountability with the pentagon budget and get us on a fair and balanced road to fiscal sustainability. oftentimes, my colleagues don't really realize that the pentagon has not been audited and cannot be audited and we need an audit and we are calling for an audit of the pentagon. i'm going to re-introduce my bipartisan bill as a separate stand-alone effort to keep wasteful spe
're less than a month away from massive layoffs and cuts in spending at the pentagon and elsewhere. nancy cordes is on capitol hill. >> reporter: good morning. they call this the sequester and both signs long predicted it could harm the economy if the cuts are allowed to kick in. instead of working together to do something about it they resorted to the blame game a month before the deadline. republicans may be the party of spending cuts but on monday house speaker john boehner insisted the looming sequester was the president's idea. >> the president first proposed this sequester in 2011 and insisted that it be part of the debt limit agreement. >> reporter: unless congress acts the package of cuts worth $1.2 trillion will start to kick in march 1st, taking a $55 billion bite out of this year's defense budget and $27 billion from domestic discretionary spending. according to the congressional budget office more than 1 million jobs are at risk. defense secretary leon panetta had this warning. >> we are going to weaken the united states and make it much more difficult t
jewelry store robbery today. check out the surveillance video from the zales at pentagon city mall. this is 11:00 in the morning and investigators say two of those fellows pulled out hammers and started smashing up display cases in the store. all four men grabbed the jewelry and ran off. 27 rings valued at $128,000 are gone. investigators are hoping this video will help lead them to the thieves, though they are hard to see here. if you've got any information, call the arlington county police. >>> the newtown massacre is, of course, still fresh in our memories and it may soon be fresh on our tv screen. a film company wants to make a movie about the school shooting. officials aren't saying much about the plot, but it's called illness and they say it will capture a family's struggle. >> i think we want to tell a beautiful gripping story about a family's struggle. what happens to them is kind of triggered by the newtown story. >> the movie is not for money. it's supposed to focus on mental health issues and why it's so hard to prevent these sorts of tragedies and they're hoping the mov
in reductions by march 1st. if not, they would shrink pentagon spending by 7.9% and domidwesting spending by 5.3% and medicare a 2% reduction. >> i believe they should pass a smaller package of spending cuts and tax reforms that would delay the economically damaging affects of the sequester for a few more mots until congress finds a way. >> reporter: the president wants to raise more money by ending tax loopholes, but republicans want deeper entitlement cuts. >> if we're going to connect with the american people, it's important that they see not only that we're serious about solving our debt problems. >> a studdie by george mason university estimated 448,000 jobs could be affected in d.c., maryland, and virginia. for months, defense contractors have pleaded for action. >> we would hope that congress would meet their obligations to us and to the public. >> reporter: virginia congressman frank wolf wrote to the president and speaker arguing the bipartisan plan would avoid sequestration and stop its widespread affect on jobs. >> sequestration will hurt not only the defense side bow the non-defens
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to the pentagon. that's what the sequester already contains. heretofore they thought that to be unthinkable. if the republicans are willing to give a bit on pentagon cuts are democrats willing to give on any social programs. >> you know already we have cut over 1 trillion-dollar. the only way we've been addressing the deficit minus from what we did on january 2nd have been through cuts alone. i think our safety net is already tattered, and i certainly don't want to see it destroyed. having said that i think there are ways to find savings. there are ways to find savings in medicare where you're not reducing benefits, you're not raising the age but renegotiating prescription drugs for one example. we can find savings without having any further cuts that actually slow the growth of our economy. >> jennifer: yes, totally agree. tell us just quickly about the process from here. there is only three weeks left. so what happens right now? the leadership goes in? what's the process? >> that's an interesting question. if you look at the month of february we're only in session for 11 days. that's a bi
classrooms to the pentagon and defense lie lockheed martin which announced hundreds of layoffs. mr. obama said damage can be stopped if john boehner accepts the white house's final offer from december, meaning up to $600 billion in more tax hikes through cutting deductions, and cuts to medicare and other programs. >> my healthcare proposals achieve the same savings by the beginning of the next decade as reforms that had been proposed by the bipartisan bowls simpson commission. >> republicans were not amused he added his event around the same time eric cantor delivered a speech. gop leaders were clear they want specific cuts and no new tax cuts. >> there's no greater moral imperative than to reduce the debt. >> white house officials have been specific, including about $350 billion in medicare cuts. when asked why the president did not meet the it will for unveiling his new budget for the third straight year, spokesman jay carney blamed republicans saying fiscal cliff talks delayed it. >> part of what the president talked about just in recent days is that we need to get beyond this situatio
russell is at the live december week breaking news from the pentagon. >>> we learned the pentagon plans to extend certain benefits to gay and lesbian military families. it is unclear which benefits will be extended. the military is limited because of the 1996 defense of marriage act. it would be the final imprint of secretary of defense leon panetta under his tenure don't ask, don't tell was rescinded and decision to allow women to serve in combat. military is expected to announce the changes sometime later this week. >>> he survive ad frightening ordeal but things are slowly returning to normal for the 5-year-old boy rescued yesterday from an underground bunker in alabama. she back home this afternoon and right now is expected to return to school soon. meanwhile, plenty of questions remain about how authorities freed him from his kidnapper. as chris clackum reports, though, a few dee tails, few details, have emerged. >> reporter: from the principal at midland city elementary school in alabama, everybody is waiteding the return of 5 old kidnapped victim ethan. >> everybody knows ethan.
on tape. take a look. four masked men walked into zale's jewelry store at the fashion center at pentagon city. the men smashed a display case and took off with 27 diamond rings. a car was waiting in the parking lot for them at the time. fortunately, no one was hurt during this. the rings are worth more than $120,000. anyone with information is asked to call arlington county police. police. >>> new this morning, the d.c. region is once again tops when it comes to the worst traffic congestion in the country. >> and from the sounds of it, it is only going to get worse. fox 5's melanie alnwick is live along i-207 in rockville, maryland with details of this brand-new study. >> good morning. at this hour of the morning, of course, things moving along pretty well along 270. as we know, with any of the major arteries and the side roads in the area, just one little accident can snarl the entire morning for commuters. it really is becoming a problem and it just -- it is one of those things that isn't getting any better. now, according to the texas transportation institute study, they say that our
miklaszewski on duty for us at the pentagon tonight. jim, thanks. >>> it was a busy first day on the job for the new secretary of state, john kerry. and it started with a rousing welcome from hundreds of employees at the state department, and a nod to his predecessors. >> here's the big question before the country and the world and the state department after the last eight years. can a man actually run the state department? i don't know. as the saying goes, i have big heels to fill. >> john kerry, referencing hillary clinton and condoleezza rice. before that, colin powell had the job. kerry is the first white man to hold the job of secretary of state since warren christopher 16 years ago. >>> now to the 15-year-old girl who became a global inspiration after she survived an assassination attempt by the taliban in pakistan, because she spoke out for the rights of young women. her name, malala, now being mentioned for the nobel peace prize. and tonight we're hearing from her for the first time since her remarkable recovery. our report from nbc's keir simmons in london. >> today you can see
at pentagon city mall. the men smashed a display case with a hammer and then took off with 27 diamond rings. a car was waiting for them in the parking lot. >> it was pretty scary. you come to the city thinking there is security and there is security all over the mall so that is pretty gutsy on their behalf. >> they did conceal their identities by wearing hoods and i don't know if it is masked but they did conceal the faces. so maybe through clothes, the public will be able to help us locate the individuals. >> the rings are worth more than $120,000. anyone with information should call arlington county police. >>> president obama takes his push for gun control reform on the road speaking with law enforcement about his plans to prevent another tragedy. >> new information about a bus company involved in a fatal crash over the weekend. details on a long list of safety problems coming up. time now is 4:36. [ male announcer ] with over 50 delicious choices of green giant vegetables it's easy to eat like a giant... ♪ and feel like a green giant. ♪ ho ho ho ♪ green giant [ huhummin] [ babblin
is similar to a theft at pentagon city mall yesterday. we will have much more on this at 11:00. a call to action from president obama one month before the start of sequestration. the president made a plea to congress to pass a small package of
. >>> police need your help finding four men who robbed a jewelry store in the pentagon city mall. this is surveillance video from that brazen robbery that happened yesterday while shoppers were in the zales jewelry store. they smashed through the display cases, stole 27 rings. the group jumped into a red car and broke through the parking garage gate. if you recognize the men in this video, call police. >>> word this morning that sunday's power outage at the superdome will not leave new orleans in the dark when it comes to hosting future super bowls. roger goodell says that 34-minute blackout won't hurt the city's chances of hosting the big game. they have not decided where it will be played 2015 and beyond. goodell is the shoeing down rumors that beyonce is to blame for the outage. he says there's no indication her halftime show was a factor in that incident. >>> joe flacco is learning how exhausting it is to be the super bowl mvp. the ravens quarterback will be in baltimore for the super bowl parade today. but he's already been to disney world and new york since winning the game
of shoppers at the pentagon city mall today. the guys used hammers to smash through a display case. at the zale's jewelry store. they stole 27 rings worth more than $120,000. then they jumped into a red car, broke through the parking garage gates to make their get away. >> strong criticism from the d.c. police chief about a report about the department's handling of sex crimes. last month the report from the gr gra group human rights watch saying they failed to document or investigate 170 sexual assaults over four years. today, out of 1,200 victims the report talked to 15. the report excluded positive comments from victims about the police. >> try to tell them that the methodology they were using was wrong. what is that going to say to a young woman, or young person, or a anyperson, victim of sexual assault. are they going to want to come forward and report to police. >> our calls to human rights watch have not been returned. >> new jersey senator robert menendez is talking public low about the prostitution scandal that has plagued him for months. >> it is amazing to me that anonymo
, if it goes into effect it's going to stay into effect. it will result in loss of jobs. the pentagon, i think last week, said that they were going to lay off 46,000 temporary workers and furlough civilian workers for a day a week for 22 weeks. this is not without effect on real people. the people who want the sequester to go into effect for a while, republicans who say, we'll deal with it, they want to hear complaints from constituents. they want pressure to be put on lawmakers to get their act together. i don't flow if that will work. because it hasn't worked so far. that's the hope. >> so far. eventually perhaps washington will get back to doing it the way it's supposed to be done. the president calling for a temporary fix. thank you r joining us. gloria borger, back in washington. as i turn things over to suzanne malveaux in atlanta. i love the language the president use, modest reforms, that means cuts in social programs, he's willing to do that in exchange for modest tax reforms, he means increases. language always interesting. tell us what's coming ahead. >> appearing reasonable and he'
. >> the pentagon estimates 19,000 sexual sexual assaults happened last year. >>> virgin america says they plan to begin flying between san jose and los angeles may 1. they will have four flights a day. tickets for the flights go on sale tomorrow. >>> an audit said the faa isn't moving fast enough to improve safety on smaller airlines. the faa needs to move faster on safety standards, rest periods for pilots. the change is mandated after a crash outside of new york. the audit says the faa is taking longer than expected to publish new requirements for all airlines. >>> 9 years ago today the way people communicate change forever. facebook was launched exactly 9 years ago. facebook now has a billion members who spend 700 billion minutes a month on facebook. facebook is also available in 70 languages and the company has been valued at $50 billion. >>> sports fans bet $98.9 million on the super bowl. the nevada game and control board said they made $7.3 million on a wide range of super bowl bets, 2 dozen bets related to colin kaepernick who played college football in nevada. one that lost money was
that police agents were being helped by high-tech equipment supplied by the pentagon. the standoff began late tuesday when the suspect, jimmy lee dykes boarded a school bus fatally shooting the bus driver. he then randomly grabbed the child and took him to an underground bunker. negotiators spent days talk to go dykes through a ventilation pipe. >>> on his first trip in his second term president obama hit the road to push for stricter gun laws. nbc bay area's janelle wang is here with that story and more in our "world tonight." >>> raj, president obama chose minneapolis because the city has recently brought its crime rate to a 30-year low. the president is pushing congress to pass universal background checks, a limit on high-capacity magazines and an assault weapons ban. in his speech today the president said law enforcement should never be outgunned on the streets. universal background streets is gaining support but the ban on assault weapons is a tougher fight. >> there's even one thing we can do. if there's just one life we can save, we've got an obligation to try. we don't have to agree o
in the pentagon budget, we put $300 billion into jobs, which saves teachers, which invests in school frukt, a and helps schools. >> congressman, mr. ryan and mr. mcconnell at the beginning of this year said quite clearly the revenues issue is now closed. it's off the table. there are no more discussions on revenues. >> so they would rather cut home heating oil for seniors -- >> yes. >> they'd rather cut women and infants and children. >> yes. >> food grams. >> yes. >> they'd rather cut things like that than ask rich people for more money? >> what about meals on wheels, head start. that's what they'd like to cut, this is correct. >> so it's brutal. it's cruel. and it will cause layoffs and we will see economic growth decline, and they're willing to do this just to protect the wealthiest few. and i think it's a moral outrage. i think americans of all stripes ought to stand up and say no. and this is why the progressive caucus members have offered the balancing act. because, you know, there is a way forward. there is a way to address budgetary and gdeficit issues ad invest in our economy. the
is the pentagon changing the rules and saying it would allow women in combat going forward. i've heard and i have read some who have sort of said the facts on the ground already were sort of there, women were on the front line in a lot of ways. i wonder how much do you think this policy change will affect -- how will it affect women serving right now or just sort of a confirmation of how things already were? >> lifting the ban was certainly a confirmation of where the military was already headed. but this is quite significant. it's a historic moment because now women will be able to have many more job opportunities. if you look at the general officers rank in the military, 80% of generals come from the combat arms branches which up until now women have been banned from serving in. only 7% of women are general officers at the flag rank even though they make up almost 15% of the force. >> tanya, one of the unique challenges that you have talked about is the way that women are treated in the military and you said service women tend to be labeled with one of three derogatory categories, dike, slut or
in broad daylight. look at surveillance video that shows the men smashing display cases at the pentagon city mall zales store. this was yesterday. the thieves got away with 27 rings worth about $120,000. they then jumped into a red car and broke through the parking garage gates. if you recognize those men, call police. >>the princeton review ranked two virginia schools as the best value public schools in america. the university of virginia in charlottesville is ranked number one. the college of william and mary in williamsburg came in fourth. the princeton review came up with the ranking based on more than 30 factors, including tuition, room and board and financial aid. >>> the very personal question a local college is now asking applicants. >>> plus a local highway where you can go a lot faster now. >>> bragging rights for the mornings spent sitting had traffic. we're number one. how many weeks we spend on average staring at brake lights. >>> weather and traffic on the 1s is next. >>> next, apple's jumbo ipad is out this morning. what you get for a bigger price tag. >>> a major debut f
a look at this. four masked men walked into zale's jewelry store at the pentagon city mall. the men smashed adisplea case and took off with 27 diamond rings worth more than $120,000. >>> dog lovers will be rallying in annapolis today. we are trying to change the maryland law that singles out pit bulls as an inherently dangerous breed. a state senate committee will hear a new bill today that would ease the court of appeals ruling last year that held pit bull owners and landlords to strict standards. it would let defendants have a chaps to court to try to prove the dog was not dangerous. >>> a push tomorrow prove the city's health care. phil mendelsohn will propose a bill that, for passed would mandate a nurse to patient ratio. yesterday, supporters packed the d.c. council chambers and they say the bill is necessary to combat a growing problem of fewer nurses and more patients in hospitals. >>> d.c. mayor vincent gray will deliver his state of the district tonight. he is expected to lay out the current status of the city and outline his plans for 2013. the mayor says the surplus will
at the pentagon city mall. you're looking at surveillance video. 27 rirngs valued at $-- rings valued at $128,000. if you have any information, please call arlington county police. >>> police are investigating an overnight robbery near the university of maryland. a female student told oiferls she was walking just -- officers she was walking just after midnight when a masked man approached her at rhode island avenue. he showed a gun and demanded money. after first sending out a campus alert, police gave the all clear after determining the suspect had fled the area. >>> the man suspected of killing a former navy seal is on a suicide watch in a texas jail. 25-year-old eddie ray routh had to be shocked with a stun gun and restained after jailers say he became aggressive. he is accused of killing chris kyle, a highly decorated seal who was called one of america's most deadly snipers. court documents suggest routh killed kyle in order to take his truck. >>> purple reign, the party is on in baltimore. the ravens are back and the victory parade is set to begin later this morning. >> that's the frozen
store and the subsequent robbery. surveillance video shows the men entering the zales at pentagon mall yesterday at 11:00 in the morning. they used hammers to smash the display cases inside the store and all four men grabbed jewelry and took off. the value of the stolen jewels $128,000. if you have any information, please call arlington county police. >>> it is 5:05. time for the latest your money report of the morning. >> jessica doyle is here. wall street didn't look so good yesterday. >> sometimes you can't fight gravity. stocks go up. stocks can go down. that's what we saw with triple digit losses yesterday. you can blame concerns about europe. that was the latest but really what's going on here, we had this mottest sell-off after the best january since 1997. checking the numbers, the dow stands this morning back below 14,000 but not too far below after sliding 129 points. the nasdaq was off by 47 points and the s&p 500 was down by 17. the u.s. government plans to file a civil lawsuit against the ratings agency standard and poors. this goes back to the 2008 financial crisis. is acc
story ahead at 6. >> and the pentagon takes a stance in support of same-sex marriage. just ahead on the news edge at 6.  dinner's ready. [ female announcer ] hamburger helper stroganoff. beefy. creamy. stroganoffy. helpers. forty dishes, all delicious. i just finished a bowl of your light chicken pot pie soup and it was so rich and creamy... is it really 100 calories? let me put you on webcan... lean roasted chicken... and a creamy broth mmm i can still see you. [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. >>> a jury is deciding the fate of a baltimore man accused of killing a teenager. felicia barns disappeared in 2010 while visiting relatives during a trip from north carolina. months later, her body was found in the susquehanna river. michael johnson is accused in her death. he raped her inside the apartment, killed her and ditched the body in the river. no one saw him do it and there was no motive for the crime. >>> a judge denied zimmerman's request to have more time to prepare for his upcoming murder trial. where's accused of killing
of same-sex service members. the pentagon is not releasing details on which benefits would be included. there are limitations because federal law forbids the government from recognizing same-sex unions. the military is expected to announce more specifics later this week. >>> a 10-year-old is out of juvenile deengs after bringing a toy gun to school. douglas macarthur elementary in alexandria. the school administrators alerted the police after they learned he had showed the toy gun to another student on the bus yesterday. the boy has been suspended from school. could be expelled. >>> a father from northeast d.c. is making an emotional promise tonight to get his 6-year-old daughter back. her name is eriona. she has been missing since last week. she is thought to be with her mother and the man who is wanted by the police. jackie bensen with our report now with the latest on the search for that child. >> reporter: her pear is worn down from six days of constant worry and fear. her mother asked to take her to the grocery store. >> i said sure. i let her go. i haven't seen them since. >> rep
. the thieves robbed the zales jewelry store at pentagon city mall yesterday. the four men smashed the display cases with hammers and stole 27 rings. they then jumped into a red car and broke through the parking garage gate. if you recognize these men, call police. >>> a group of firefighters in baltimore is happy to be waking up at home this morning. the first responders rushed to the scene of a four-alarm fire last night. this happened just before 6:00. the flames got so intense the firefighters were told to evacuate the building. as they left, the building collapsed, trapping five of them inside. the crew was rescued and rushed to the hospital. incredibly, they suffered only minor injuries. >>> richmond wants your input on how the area near the redskins new training camp should look. city council is holding a meeting to get ideas about landscaping near the camp. it comes after many of the trees were bulldozed. the city is also still trying to decide how to handle parking for thousands of 'skins fans expected to head to that facility when training camp begins. >>> we just got this in. hardy
's computer system in pentagon shutting down the e-mail. this is not new, titan rain code name, you know there is two types of government agents in u.s., those who have been hacked by china, and those who don't know they have been hacked this happens roughly a hundred times a day, attacks coming in from china from all sorts of places mostly guangdong province, this is say military effort. charles: michelle. no react, i rarely hear anything from washington in a political realm we hear china manipulating currency but no one talked about this which seems more dangerous? >> it is a same we don't see this obama administration holding countries accountable. when we belief that this is state sponsored, we're not tracking aboutseless information, we're talking about our country intellectual property our secrets, you know it has a lot to do with the organization itself and the department, you see study after study show a lot of people in i-t believe that majority of people in i-t believe that cyber security improvement believes that the policy that the organization imminents this was a -- implem
, there was gunfire, dykes was killed and the little boy was rescued. the pentagon was involved in some way here, leon panetta okaying the use of special equipment used for monitoring. that would have meant that military personnel were also on site but were not part of the takedown. it shows you that concern for this little boy went almost all the way to the top of this administratio administration. >> i know we don't know exact details of how this went down but authorities said they observed this man holding a gun. do we know how they were able to actually observe him? we've been told all along they've been communicating through this pvc piping. >> right. and apparently they've been doing a lot more than just talking through a pipe. we have been told now that there may have been surveillance of some sort, video surveillance. we have also heard maybe the use of drones would be part of that surveillance. there was a lot of high-tech equipment brought to bear. hundreds maybe at some point all surrounding this area and all in some way taking part in the operatio operation. >> is there any understanding o
program of targeted killing works? >> apparently, the agencies, primarily the pentagon and the c.i.a. nominate people to be on the list. and it goes through what the white house promises is a very rigorous process of review to determine if those people should or should not be on the list. we don't know exactly what the standard is. but it involves a number of criteria, including whether the host country, the country in which this person, particular person is cooperative or not vis-À-vis capturing the person. in any event, they have a standard. names are nominated. it goes through an interagency process. and finally it makes it to the president. and he makes the final decision who is or is not on the list. does that sound like what you understand? >> i think that's certainly what the government has said happens. and, of course, this is the problem is that the only thing that we ever know about the counterintelligence stuff over the last 10 or 11 years has been, you know, what the government has been forced to say, what journalists have been able to find out, or what human rights
at the pentagon. and by eric holder today. but eric holder seemed to be either conflating or combining imminent threat with ongoing threat. tell me about the memo itself. >> that is exactly the rub. they have -- it is certainly true that administration officials, all those you mentioned, have articulated that it is the bottom administration policy that targeted killings of americans who are associated with al qaeda are lawful and constitutional under certain conditions, and the first concern is that the individual poses an imminent threat of a violent attack against the united states. in other words, capture is not feasible, and the operation is done according to law or principles. what this memo does, which is not something that has been public, is flesh that out and provide details about what they mean by that, and one of those striking points is when they get to defining imminent threat. they talk about a broader -- the memo explicitly says that they have intelligence that the targeted individual is involved in an active plot against the united states. what they mean is that this individual
ahead. >> here's the big challenges for apple. the pentagon chael challenge for a s&l that it's a really great wonderful product that's changed the world but ipad, it growth is not enough to make up for the slowing saturation of the smartphone market that -- that is happening because the iphone is being adopted and the rich people already have these things. you know, the ipad is a great product, but it's been so great, it hasn't been able to sort of do what the iphone has done. the iphone is a once in a lifetime product that was wonderful for apple's profit margins and we're just not going to see the likes of it again any time soon. >> not to pile on, colleen. you have to admit buzz is not there for apple and when you look at the stock price, it's down sharply from those highs last september when ironically they had just introduced the new iphone, so, you know -- it's a nice ipad, but where's the buzz for apple these days, colleen? >> listen, i agree, apple need to do a lot more to get this stock back, but the buzz isn't there because this is an enterprise story. this is a business story
director for the aclu. coming up later, we will speak with daniel ellsberg from the pentagon papers and also jacob appelbaum, who just lost a case. he does not have the right, says a federal court, to know when the government is taking his twitter information or email information. next, the controversy in the boy scouts. will the boy scouts of america allow gay leaders, gay members? stay with us. ♪ [music break] >> this is "democracy now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman with nermeen shaikh. >> the boy scouts of america board members opened a three-day meeting on monday in which they will consider lifting its controversial ban on openly gay members. the group's national executive board is expected to vote wednesday on the ban which was reaffirmed just last year. on monday group of current and former scouts -- and scout leaders -- rallied outside the boy scouts headquarters in dallas. among them was jennifer tyrrell, who was removed as a den leader of her son's pack in ohio because she is a lesbian. she described her experience last year while receiving
no auditable books in the pentagon. panetta, that's the one agency of government that has never submitted an audited set of books in history. >> bill: wow. >> not one -- and frankly by itself, that would i think provide an ability to really see where we're throwing money away. and again, secretary panetta, to his credit, has got a mandate within the four branches to basically say 2014, we've got to do this. frankly, it is going to be interesting to see if they can hit this goal. the size of the pentagon is bigger than 90 countries gdp. so but again so yes there's definitely smart savings that you can do there. again, i would go back to the afghanistan expenditure $2 billion a week we're spending over there. no one thinks we're going to have a combat mission after 2014. so you know, that's money that we're not going to be spending. and so really, the opportunities are there to avoid again by the way, the bipartisan policy center, "new york times" yesterday, said a million jobs will be lost if sequestration goes through. cbo says 1.4. >> bill: congressman, a lot of battles to fight. we're g
highlighted recently after the pentagon looked at ban on women serving in combat. while there's a lot of talk about the future of women in the military, we haven't spent a lot of time what the reality is for them now. that is the subject of a new book by an author known for her book turned tv series, "army wives". you might know that. her new book, umdaunted. the real story of american kfs women in the military. on bookstores today. congratulations. a big accomplishment. >> thank you very much. jenna: we don't spend a lot of time what is actually going on right now. you followed some women over a five, six-year period. tell us a little bit about the reality that they face. >> well, with this book i wanted to see what does it take to really be a successful servicewoman, what does it take? so i found these four extraordinary women who are all trailblazers. but the thing about the military is, professional success often comes at a personal price for both men and women but women face their own set of unique challenges that they often deal with out of public view. i wanted to examine that. jenna:
to take a closer look at how that hostage situation was resolved. let's bring in our pentagon correspondent, chris lawrence. he's joining us on the very sophisticated operation that freed that little boy and what similar operations could look like in years ahead. chris, what are you seeing? >> reporter: yeah, wolf. we're now learning that the fbi used drones likely provided from the u.s. military to keep around the clock surveillance on that particular bunker. that coming from former fbi official tom fuentes who has been talking to his sources. the future and what the fbi may be able to do down the line goes way beyond what was done here. >> reporter: a little boy barricaded in a bunker with a killer. as the crisis stretched into a seventh day, an fbi hostage rescue team practiced how to save him. law enforcement sources now say the fbi built a mockup of the bunker and trained on how they'd go in. but how would they know what was happening below? a law enforcement source tells cnn authorities managed to slip a camera into the hideout. >> we're going to try to introduce microph
to interstate 95 where there is a crash. here is the 395 camera from the pentagon. would look into silver springs. crews are still trying to clear this crash. let us get to jacqui jeras. >> 34 degrees. our wind chill is only 28. a bit of a cold start. clouds will be around today. our temperatures will be warmer. get into the war -- we may get into t 40's. a chance of some flurries or showers, especially the district, late tonight. the week.e rest of looks like a great forecast. ♪ >>> for her next act, beyonce as marie antoinette. following the super bowl performance. >> all right. >>> and from a beautiful woman to a beautiful man. but apparently josh isn't so sure what sets this guy apart from the rest. >> i can't figure it out, either. >> i thought you were going to pay josh a compliment. >> no, no. not a chance for that. >> should we play this a few more times until you notice what it is. >> i think we should study this. closely. >> it's his kind soul. >> it's his eyes. >> we sent our correspondent into the field of getting up close and personal with him. wait until you see how his mo
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